DSCN9814ORIGINAL DECK/PATIO: This home, located in West Carmel, was built in 2004. “Our original deck was showing signs of rot and was no longer safe to use. As opposed to replacing the deck, we decided to fulfill our dream of adding on a screened-in-porch off the kitchen in addition to a covered porch off our master bedroom.” Inspired by the architecture of the existing home, the design of the multi-level addition includes a spacious screened-in porch for outdoor dining, a cozy seating area and a covered porch for relaxation.


MAIN-LEVEL SCREENED PORCH: Set on a brand new pressure treated structure and pier foundations, the 238 square feet screen porch features many design elements giving it a cohesive look with the rest of the home. Arched screen window openings were chosen to compliment the home’s existing windows. Trex decking in a “Rope Swing” color was selected to match the home’s existing trim color while white balusters add contrast to the space. Dimmable recessed can lighting and a ceiling fan were installed in the beadboard ceiling. A full view screen door was installed providing passage to the side deck and staircase.



STAIRCASE & SEATING AREA DETAILS: Trex decking was continued through the raised landing, staircase and side deck. Recessed deck lighting and stair riser lights were installed to provide ample lighting for evening entertainment.



UPPER-LEVEL PATIO: After the completion of the structural framing, French doors with sidelights were installed creating an outdoor extension off the master bedroom. As opposed to decking, the homeowners chose 12” x 24” outdoor tile in a “Madison Camel” color for their porch flooring. Using outdoor tile not only gives the space an elegant look, but also helps weatherproof the screened-in-porch below. Brushed nickel sconce lighting was installed on the support columns to create an indoor style to their outdoor space. Consistent with the main-level porch, a ceiling fan was installed in the painted beaded plywood ceiling completing the design of the covered porch.


EXTERIOR FINISH: New gutters and downspouts were installed and tied to the existing below grade drain system. All of the exterior siding was painted to match the existing house siding color while the trim was painted white.


FINAL RESULT: “Our favorite part of the whole addition is our covered porch off the master bedroom. We love to open the French doors that lead into the bedroom and let the breeze flow in. We start our days on the upper porch with a cup of coffee and end the day to read and relax.”


EXISTING BASEMENT: After moving from the sunny state of Florida to be closer to family, the owner of this Zionsville basement apartment set out to transform her daughter’s empty basement into her forever home. The main goal of the project was to create a living space separate from the rest of the house to give the homeowner complete independence and privacy.


KITCHEN & LAUNDRY AREA: To accommodate a full kitchen and laundry room, space was robbed from the existing unfinished storage area. New walls were framed for the new kitchen, laundry room and connecting hallway. The kitchen features two-toned cabinetry, LED under-cabinet lighting, a marble subway tile backsplash, high-end appliances and quartz countertops. Making use of the condensed space, the homeowner opted to forego upper cabinets to save space for her treasured art collection and instead use her antique armoire as a food pantry. The laundry room features ivory porcelain tile, added storage and upper cabinets painted an Ocean Blue color as a reminder of the Florida beaches.

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LIVING AREA: “Even though there were a lot of windows, it still felt like a basement. I really wanted the space to feel cozy and not like I’m living in a basement.” To give the homeowner the desired look, three horizontal ceiling beams were installed throughout the living area. A new gas fireplace was also incorporated in the design giving the room a warm and cozy look and feel. “Golden White Quartzite” 1” x 3” was used for the fireplace stone surround and the hearth features the same stone in a 12” x 12” size.



MASTER BATHROOM: The homeowner’s most important priority with the design of the master bathroom was to ensure the bathroom fixtures were simple and easy-to-clean. “I knew I wanted a tile floor so I selected large 12” x 24” tiles called “Marazzi Calacatta Pearl” to minimize the amount of grout to clean.” Complimenting the floor tile, simple 3” x 6” white subway tiles were selected for the shower walls. Chrome fixtures including the plumbing fixtures, shower door and vanity lighting gave the room a cohesive and classic look.



MASTER BEDROOM & CLOSET: New walls, ceiling and doorways were framed, insulated and dry walled to create the homeowner’s master bathroom and walk-in-closet. The walls were then painted a soft yellow color. Chandeliers were hung in both the bedroom and closet giving the spaces an elegant and timeless flair.




FINAL RESULT: “Everything came together just as I imagined it. I love the coziness of my new home and the independence I feel even though I am steps away from family.”






EXISTING BATHROOM:   The owners of this home in the Springmill Crossing subdivision in Carmel had lived with their master bathroom for 24 years. “We decided to remodel our dated master bathroom after we identified a mold issue behind the shower tiles. In addition, our youngest child is a senior this year and we plan to eventually downsize. Knowing that the bathroom needed updated for resale, we decided to remodel the whole space so we can enjoy it until that day finally comes.”


ELIMINATING LARGE GARDEN TUB: Eliminating wasted space was a goal for the project. “The master bath had a really bad set up. The only purpose the large garden tub served was to collect dust. We never used it and it took up too much space. In addition, the enclosed toilet & shower room also made the bathroom feel cramped.” The homeowners opted to remove the garden tub & reconfigure the bathroom layout to make it more functional.


SPACE PLANNING: The shower was relocated from the enclosed room to the previous garden tub area. The wall separating the toilet room and main bath was removed to open up the space to the rest of the bathroom. A new half wall was framed by the toilet for privacy and a linen closet was installed for added storage. As a result, the bathroom not only functions better for the homeowners, but feels much more open and bright with the added natural light from the window above the toilet.


COORDINATING FINISHES: “After years of scouring through endless inspirational photos, we ended up with a Pottery Barn type vision for our dream bathroom. We had already purchased the vanity from Pottery Barn and sought the help from our designer to select finishes to complete the final look.” New vanity light fixtures in a chrome finish were installed to coordinate with the salvaged mirrors, glass shelves and towel bars. The Madison Silver 12 x 24-inch floor tile was chosen to compliment the vanity and shower tiles.


Using a combination of coordinating tiles set the shower apart from the rest of the bathroom. The shower Hall Blanco 20 x 50cm tile was chosen for the shower wall, Coral Springs Mix tile was used for the shower accent band and niche and the Light Grey Broken mosaic tile was selected for the shower pan. To finalize the desired look, a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams “Mindful Gray” was applied to the walls.


FINAL RESULT: Removing the existing tub and decking left room for the expanded shower. Although the overall footprint was not expanded, the room felt much more spacious with the reconfiguration. “We love the openness of the bathroom the most. The natural light makes the space feel so much bigger and airy.”

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